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State survey reveals students' thoughts on safety, college, bullying and more

Posted by: Kim McGuire Updated: January 21, 2014 - 4:31 PM

Think you know what your child is thinking?

Many parents aren't sure, but a newly released statewide survey gives some new insight into how Minnesota students think about everything from bullying to texting.

About 160,000 students participated in the survey in grades five, eight, nine and eleven. The state departments of education, health and human services and public safety created the survey. Here are some of the highlights:

* Between five and 12 percent of surveyed students say they've harassed or bullied at least once in the past 30 days.

* Thirteen percent of eleventh graders report they've had a boyfriend or girlfriend call them names. Six percent have been physically abused by someone they were dating

* Four out of five (or 82 percent) of high school juniors spend at least some time texting during the school day.

* About 70 percent of students in eighth, ninth and eleventh grades plan on attending a four-year college after high school.

* Six percent of freshmen and 34 percent of juniors go to a job after school. More than half of fifth graders are home alone, unsupervised at least one day a week after school.

To read more of the survey results, go here.


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